Friday, January 29, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Report

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for January 30 - February 5 2010 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIDOT Gets Train Station Funds

RIDOT to get $1.2 M for Kingston Station third track design. Will allow faster train travel through the area.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RIDOT expanding stimulus program

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it has received approval to add eight new projects to its economic recovery program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The eight new projects are in addition to the 54 projects RIDOT is constructing with $137 million the Department received under the ARRA program. Fifty two have been authorized for funding and 44 are under construction. Eighty-one percent of these contracts were awarded to Rhode Island companies.

The projects, which have been certified by the Governor’s Office, involve bridge rehabilitation, resurfacing, sidewalk reconstruction and drainage improvements. The estimated cost of these projects is $12.4 million. RIDOT intends for these projects to go to construction this spring and summer.

The Department is able to fund these additional projects under the ARRA program because the bids RIDOT received for a majority of the projects averaged about 15 percent less than original estimates.

“With bids coming in lower than our estimates, it became clear through the course of last year that the Department would be able to expand the number of projects funded by the ARRA program,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We are pleased to be able to stretch our stimulus dollars further.”

The additional projects, listed by community are:

Foster

Rehabilitation and resurfacing of Moosup Valley Road from 0.9 miles west of Route 14/Plainfield Pike to Cucumber Hill Road (1.4 miles, $800,000).

Rehabilitation and resurfacing of Route 14/Route 102 from Briggs Road to Old Plainfield Pike (1.2 miles, $800,000).

Glocester

Replacement of the Chestnut Hill Road Bridge, which carries Chestnut Hill Road over the spillway that flows from the Sayles and Smith Reservoir to the Chepachet River. The project includes construction of a replacement spillway structure and wetland restoration ($1.5 million).

South Kingstown

Kingston Station Interlocking Tower Relocation, which involves the dismantling, relocation and reassembly of a historic train signal tower at Kingston Station in the village of West Kingston ($300,000).

Statewide Drainage Improvements: East Greenwich, Providence, Scituate and Tiverton

Various drainage improvements in the following communities: East Greenwich (First Avenue at Division Street), Providence (North Main Street), Scituate (Danielson Pike), and Tiverton (East Road & Crandall Road) ($300,000).

Warren

Installation of new curbing, sidewalks, minor drainage improvements and street tree preservation and replacement on Main Street (Route 114) from Cherry Street to 160 feet south of Beach Street (0.3 miles, $700,000).

Westerly

Resurfacing of Route 91/Westerly Bradford Road/Bradford Road, including curbing, sidewalks, guardrail, minor drainage improvements from Westerly Maintenance Facility to Bradford Railroad Bridge/800 feet north of Church Street (3.8 miles, $3 million).

Woonsocket, Cumberland and Lincoln

Resurfacing of Route 99/Woonsocket Industrial Highway, including curbing replacement, minor drainage rehabilitation, new signs and structures, guardrail replacement and minor bridge work from Route 146 to Route 122/Mendon Road (3.75 miles, $5 million).

Friday, January 22, 2010

I-195 bridge demolition to continue

Overnight demolition of the Wickenden Street Bridge will continue next week. Please see http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=10551 for more information.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for January 16, 2010- January 22, 2010 is now available. Please visit www.tmc.dot.ri.gov and click on Travel Advisories.

I-195 bridge demolition to continue

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will continue overnight demolition of the old I-195 bridge over Wickenden Street in Providence. RIDOT originally expected to conclude overnight demolition last night, however, numerous factors have resulted in slower than expected progress and a need to extend the demolition schedule into the next two weeks.

Motorists and residents can expect lane closures on Wickenden Street from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights next week (including Martin Luther King Jr. Day). At least one lane will be open in each direction. It is possible an additional week of closures beyond next week will be needed. RIDOT will provide an update next week on the progress and whether additional nights are needed to complete the work.

All schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. Snow or extreme cold could cause further delays in the schedule.

A chief contributing factor to the slower pace of demolition is the construction of the bridge and steel and wooden shoring installed over the years to maintain the bridge until traffic could be switched onto the Iway. As workers remove sections of the deck, materials in four categories – steel, wood, concrete and asphalt – must be sorted for reuse, recycle or disposal.

“Pulling the bridge apart in this fashion is the most cost effective way of doing it with the least impact to the community,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We apologize for any inconvenience to residents or motorists.”

Cold temperatures in the teens during evening hours this week have also affected the pace of demolition. Removal of the asphalt driving surface is proving to be especially challenging. Normally this material can be removed in large sections, much like peeling the skin off an orange. With these cold temperatures, the asphalt is very brittle and can only be removed in small pieces.

Additionally, Testa Corporation, the demolition subcontractor for general contractor Cardi Corporation, has taken numerous steps to reduce noise impacts to the surrounding residential area. In doing so, it has avoided the use of a large hammer, and instead favored use of a large claw-like device called a shear. Also, Testa has committed to ceasing the noisiest aspects of the demolition at midnight.

The demolition is taking place as part of the Iway project in advance of future improvements along Wickenden Street. The bridge and a portion of the former highway to the south of the bridge must be removed in order for construction of a new exit Exit 2 from I-195 West later this year. The existing ramp to South Main Street will be closed and the new ramp will bring motorists to the corner of Wickenden Street and Benefit Street.

This demolition work is not part of the more extensive demolition contract that RIDOT will advertise and award this spring that will raze the majority of the old I-195 highway. RIDOT also will make further improvements to the intersections of Wickenden Street and Benefit Street and Wickenden Street and South Main Street under a separate contract.

Motorists who have questions about this project are urged to contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 222-2450. Information, including photos of the demolition, will be posted on RIDOT’s social networking sites on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogger. These sites can be accessed from RIDOT’s home page at www.dot.ri.gov.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Update: Traffic Forecast

Providence: Dean St., from Atwells Ave. to Westminster St., and Cahir St., from Westminster St. to Broad St., expect various sidewalk closures for construction, Wednesday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, January 8, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for January 9, 2010- January 15, 2010 is now available. Please visit www.tmc.dot.ri.gov and click on Travel Advisories.

I-195 bridge demolition beginning Sunday; start time changed

I-195 bridge demolition beginning Sunday; start time changed: Read more at: http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=10497

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

RIDOT now has a Facebook page

RIDOT now has a Facebook "page" on which all future updates will be posted. Become a fan today: http://bit.ly/6AgLon

RIDOT TO DEMOLISH I-195 BRIDGE OVER WICKENDEN STREET

RIDOT TO DEMOLISH I-195 BRIDGE
OVER WICKENDEN STREET
Overnight work to begin Sunday

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will begin overnight demolition of the old I-195 bridge over Wickenden Street in Providence as part of the Iway project. The work will take place during the overnight hours next week, beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010. RIDOT will maintain traffic on Wickenden Street, but motorists will only find one lane of travel in each direction when demolition is taking place.

RIDOT expects this work will take approximately one week to complete, with lane restrictions in place Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Additional work may be needed the following week, however, RIDOT expects that will take place during the daytime and not require any lane closures.

All schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. Snow or extreme cold could cause delays in the schedule.

“We apologize for any noise or disruption this work may cause over the next several days,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We must demolish the old highway in order to continue making improvements on the Iway project and in the Wickenden Street area.”

The demolition is being performed in advance of future improvements along Wickenden Street, and the relocation of Exit 2 on I-195 West later this year. The existing ramp to South Main Street would then be closed and the new ramp would bring motorists to the corner of Wickenden Street and Benefit Street.

This demolition work is not part of the more extensive demolition contract that RIDOT will advertise and award this spring that will raze the majority of the old I-195 highway. RIDOT also will make further improvements to the intersections of Wickenden Street and Benefit Street and Wickenden Street and South Main Street under a separate contract.

Motorists who have questions about this project are urged to contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 222-2450.

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